Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Hopeful Passionfruit Harvest


There's so many of these on the vine - I'm willing at least some of them to go golden soon - who would've thought it took so terribly long for them to ripen?  I've read that it takes a couple of years before you can harvest passionfruit - this vine is just on 2 years old (from when we planted it out anyway), one can always live in hope.

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  1. So glad you are getting passionfruit - make sure you plant another vine to start growing while you harvest these. The plant is short lived - here in the tropics at least. You can just plant the fresh seeds in the ground.

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    1. Thank you for the advice. I had the impression that most passionfruit vines need to be grafted onto a rootstock and planting from seeds isn't the way to go forward? Maybe I'm mistaken? I'll have to read up on it more.

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  2. I have planted a replacement for my aging vine this year. I went for a grafted version because the edible varieties prefer it warmer than Melbourne gets, but in the tropics I wouldn't have thought you'd need it to be grafted. i can't remember where you are though. They do take while to ripe but I find that once they start the process is really quick - for the black ones at any rate.

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    1. Thanks Liz. I'm in Sydney. I'll keep waiting patiently.

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  3. Lilian, is this one a panama gold? One of my vines has finally started fruiting, and I'm pretty sure it's the panama gold because I've never seen black passionfruit this big. I remember now that I selected the black and panama gold varieties to compliment each other because Don Burke said that panama gold fruits through winter and the black through summer, so you can get almost a full year of fruit that way.
    Everything I've read since though says that they both fruit through summer, so I have no idea.
    I hope they ripen for you soon (vested interest speaking). Mine are taking an eternity too.

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    1. Yes it's Panama Gold. That's interesting about what Don said. I've always assumed they fruit in summer like the black varieties. Having said that, the only passionfruit I've seen in the grocers have been the black ones, not the golds so what Don said may ring true after all! I hope so too. There's so many on the vine!

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    2. Looks like you're right - I've just googled it and at Daleys http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/plant/Panama-Gold-Passionfruit.htm it does say fruits in autumn/winter/spring! So chances are we will get a couple if the birds/possums don't get to them first!

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